COVID-19 Resources


NYSUT, NYS American Academy of Pediatrics launch statewide back-to-school ad campaign 

ALBANY, N.Y. Aug. 23, 2021 — New York State United Teachers* and the NYS American Academy of Pediatrics today launched a new statewide television and digital advertising campaign to highlight the importance of ensuring all students return to in-person instruction in the fall.

The ad, titled “Let Me Show You,” focuses on the benefits of in-person learning — including hands-on instruction, social interaction critical for development and extracurricular activities that round out students’ education — with health protocols in place and agreement among educators and public health experts that in-person learning can be done safely.

The 30-second ad can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/H7jTBYPlPBs .  It will air in all regions of the state through the first day of school.

“We know the best place for students to learn is in the classroom, and every student deserves access to full-time, in-person instruction this year,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “We support the health protocols recommended by health experts, including family pediatricians, and state education officials. With a layered, holistic approach in place that ensures the health and safety of everyone in our schools, our educators are here to welcome their students with open arms on the first day of school.”

“Prioritizing in-person education is critical for every child’s social and educational development.  As pediatricians, we want parents to understand that this can be done in a safe way when schools layer critical health strategies,” said Dr. Warren Seigel, Chair, NYS American Academy of Pediatrics, District II. “In-person education not only benefits children academically, but also socially and emotionally. Pediatricians are here to help families understand how critical being in school is and how to keep everyone safe.”

The ad is funded by a grant from the American Federation of Teachers as part of the national union’s nationwide Back to School for All initiative championing a return to five-days-a-week in-person instruction in all schools. More information on the AFT campaign can be found here: https://nysut.cc/3xPFzcV

*New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO. 


Dear Colleagues:
The CDC and AAP recommend all students, school staff, and teachers wear face masks inside schools regardless of whether they’re vaccinated. The CDC also recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students in classrooms. This is the science.
Right now, with the start date of Long Island’s 124 school districts less than a month away, each school board is making its own decision on mask mandates and COVID-19 restrictions.
Sadly, anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers are pressuring the school boards (both in-person and online) in an attempt to dissuade them from following the guidance from CDC and AAP.
School boards are definitely hearing from anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers, they must now hear from pediatricians. We ask you to write to the Nassau and Suffolk school boards in your home town and/or practice area. We are providing a template for you and it will take no more than 10 minutes:
We also urge you to talk to parents about how to keep their children/teens safe as they return to in-person school. Eligible teens over 12 years of age should receive COVID-19 vaccination and all children/teens should wear face masks inside schools.
Parents who live in school districts that are masks-optional should find out the school contingency plan for COVID-19 outbreak. With many school districts not having remote teaching and learning options, students who are exposed to COVID-19 must quarantine at home for 14 days and students diagnosed with COVID-19 must quarantine at home for 10 days. Ask the parents in Nassau and Suffolk County to contact their school boards and voice their concerns, in person and/or in writing. We are providing 2 templates for parents:
We need to keep our schools safe and avoid going backward.
Sincerely,
Robert Lee, DO, MS, FAAP
President, NYS AAP – Chapter 2

COVID-19 Practice Management Info for Pediatricians (from the NYS AAP – Chapter 2 & 3 Pediatric Council)

  1. Pediatric Council Update #1:  Important Phone and Telehealth Information for Pediatricians
  2. Pediatric Council Update #2:  Advocating for Telehealth Payment
  3. Pediatric Council Update #3:  Local Payer Updates
  4. Pediatric Council Update #4:  AAP & Local Payer Updates
  5. Pediatric Council Update #5:  Local Payer Updates
  6. Pediatric Council Update #6:  COVID-19 Local Payer Updates
  7. Pediatric Council Update #7:  Applying for CARES Act Funding & Vaccine Advocacy
  8. Pediatric Council Update #8:  COVID-19 Local Payer Updates
  9. Pediatric Council Update #9:  COVID-19 Local Payer Updates
  10. Pediatric Council Update #10:  COVID-19 Local Payer Updates
  11. Pediatric Council Update #11:  COVID-19 Local Payer Updates
  12. Pediatric Council Update #12:  COVID-19 Local Payer Updates
  13. Pediatric Council Update #13:  COVID-19 Local Payer Updates

COVID-19 Updates & Resources (from the Chapter 2 President)

  1. COVID-19 Updates and Resources – 3/16/20
  2. COVID-19 Updates and Resources – 3/27/20
  3. Dr. Shetal Shah’s CNN interview regarding vaccinations during the pandemic
  4. COVID-19 Updates and Resources – 4/8/20
  5. COVID-19 Updates and Resources – 4/21/20
  6. COVID-19 Updates and Resources – 5/28/20
COVID-19 Updates from NY Chapter 2 Committee on Infectious Diseases
  1. What Pediatricians & Parents Need to Know About Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Related to COVID-19
The AAP has a web page on AAP.org where you can find the latest clinical guidance, recommendations from CDC, information for parents and other resources.  For questions or comments related to the pandemic, email COVID-19@aap.org.  Additional resources:
AAP offers a series of recorded webinars on COVID-19:
In addition, New York State has updated sites:

Project TEACH along with our partners at MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds created an important blog on how you can help support kids and teens through the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Other Resources:

COVID-19 Vaccines Publishing Report

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